Vietnam and Japan have come into a mutual agreement on bypassing the mandatory 14-day quarantine procedure for travellers from the two countries.
Starting November 1, 2020, no quarantine entry for short-term travels from Japan into Vietnam and vice versa. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently issued a press release following the agreement between the two countries during the official trip of the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihe Suga to Vietnam responding to the invitation of the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Travellers with trips shorter than 14 days with investment, trade, diplomatic, official business or highly skilled workers purposes can skip the required quarantine period. However, they are strictly required to submit a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 prior to their trip.
In addition to the negative result test, any traveler needs to undergo a medical examination and will be monitored. Upon arrival to either Japan or Vietnam, the traveler will be tested for coronavirus and health status will also be frequently checked.
All travelers are given limited movements and activities during their stay. They are only allowed to engage in activities in connection to the purpose of their travel.
Both the relevant agencies of Vietnam and Japan will soon provide detailed guidelines and regulations regarding the short-term entries including the eligibility and requirements from each participating country.
Vietnam and Japan have recently loosen up it’s travel restrictions to allow diplomats, business executives, skilled workers and students for economic reasons but these are all subject to the two weeks quarantine period.
Amongst the countries in Asia, Japan and Vietnam both handled the pandemic impressively well with minimal cases and deaths.